October 13, 2011

iPhone iOS5 - What's New?



Thinking about downloading the new operating system for your iPhone? Yea, me too.  Here's how to do it:
1. Check for the newest version of iTunes - you must have version 10.5 in order to download the new iOS5

2. Connect your phone to your computer.

3. Wait.

So what's new about the iOS5?

iOS 5 Software Update

This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:
  • Notifications
    • Swipe from the top of any screen to view notifications in one place with Notification Center (Notification Center?  No more annoying Pop-Up notifications!)
    • New notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen
    • View notifications from lock screen
    • Slide the notification app icon to the right on the lock screen to go directly to the app
  • iMessage
    • Send and receive unlimited text, photo, and video messages with other iOS 5 users
    • Track messages with delivery and read receipts (Ooooh! Stalk-central like BBM!)
    • Group messaging and secure encryption
    • Works over cellular network and Wi-Fi*
  • Newsstand (Maybe I should look into some subscriptions because I don't know what this is.)
    • Automatically organizes magazine and newspaper subscriptions on Home Screen
    • Displays the cover of the latest issue
    • Background downloads of new issues 
  • Reminders for managing to do lists
    • Syncs with iCloud, iCal and Outlook (FINALLY!!!!!!!!)
    • Location-based reminders when you leave or arrive at a location for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
  • Built-in support for Twitter
    • Sign-in once in Settings and tweet directly from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari and YouTube
    • Add location to any tweet
    • View twitter profile pictures and usernames in Contacts
  • Camera improvements for devices with cameras
    • Double click the home button when device is asleep to bring up a camera shortcut on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
    • Volume Up button to take a picture (WOW)
    • Optional grid lines to line up shots
    • Pinch to zoom in the preview screen
    • Swipe to camera roll from preview screen
    • Tap and hold to lock focus and exposure, iPad 2 and iPod touch (4th generation) only support exposure lock
  • Photo improvements for devices with cameras (THESE ARE SO DOPE!)
    • Crop and rotate
    • Red eye removal
    • One tap enhance
    • Organize photos into albums
  • Mail improvements (I'M SO GIDDY OVER THESE!!!!)
    • Format text using bold, italic, or underlined fonts 
    • Indentation control
    • Drag to rearrange names in address fields
    • Flag messages
    • Mass mark messages as flagged, read or unread (ESPECIALLY THIS!!!!)
    • Customize mail alert sounds (AND THIS!!!!)
    • S/MIME (WTF IS THIS???)
  • Calendar improvements
    • Year view on iPad and new Week view for iPhone and iPod touch
    • Tap to create an event
    • View and add event attachments
  • Game Center improvements
    • Use personal photos for your Game Center account
    • Compare your overall achievement scores with your friends
    • Find new Game Center friends with friend recommendations and friends of friends
    • Discover new games with custom game recommendations
  • AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S
  • Multitasking Gestures for iPad
    • Use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen
    • Swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar
    • Swipe left or right to switch between apps
  • On-device setup, activation and configuration with Setup Assistant
  • Software updates available over the air without tethering
  • iCloud support
    • iTunes in the Cloud
    • Photo Stream
    • Documents in the Cloud
    • Apps and Books automatic download and purchase history
    • Backup
    • Contacts, Calendar, and Mail
    • Find My iPhone
  • Redesigned Music app for iPad
  • Hourly weather forecast
  • Real-time stock quotes (NOW I CAN TRACK MY MILLIONS)
  • Wireless sync to iTunes
  • Keyboard improvements
    • Split keyboard for iPad
    • Improved autocorrection accuracy (TOO BAD FOR THOSE WEBSITES THAT MAKE FUN OF THESE MISTAKES)
    • Improved Chinese and Japanese input (THIS WILL COME IN HANDY)
    • New Emoji keyboard
    • Personal dictionary for autocorrection (SO NOW "ZLATA" WILL BE UNDERSTOOD??)
    • Optionally create keyboard short cuts for frequently used words
  • Accessibility improvements
    • Option to light LED flash on incoming calls and alerts for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4
    • Custom vibration patterns for incoming calls on iPhone
    • New interface for using iOS with mobility-impairment input devices
    • Option to speak a selection of text
    • Custom element labeling for VoiceOver
  • Exchange ActiveSync improvements
    • Wirelessly sync tasks
    • Mark messages as flagged, read or unread
    • Improved offline support
    • Save a new contact from a GAL service
  • More than 1,500 new developer APIs
  • Bug fixes
Products compatible with this software update:
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)
Apparently, this thing will also refill your toilet paper roll when you're low.